Dear Friends in Christ,

Lent is a season of reflection. It comes from an old English word meaning “a lengthening.” As the days of spring become longer, nature sings a song of renewed life, energy and growth. During Lent we are called upon to reflect together as a community of faith on the final weeks of Christ’s ministry. We remember His betrayal, arrest, and suffering upon the cross. And we look to Easter Sunday with hope and joy.

Lent is a time for us to reflect individually on our own discipleship as well as our own discipline. Some choose to give up something for Lent while others choose to take on some new discipline. Whatever your Lenten practice is this year, I pray that it will deepen your relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. May we prepare with joy — as the preface for Lent reminds us “to cleanse our hearts and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast.” “To be fervent in prayer and works of mercy and renewed by Word and Sacrament.”

May this be a time to grow in faith and to share your faith with others in ways that you never thought of before. Our Diocesan core values not only inspire us but serve as a guide as well:

  • To have a passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • A heart for the lost
  • A willingness to do whatever it takes
  • To have a commitment to one another

May you find new ways to fulfill the Great Commission as you journey this Lent. With Christ as our compass may we pick up our crosses and follow Him and walk these 40 days with the assurance of Christ’s love, a new awareness of faith, the joy of serving and with the hope of renewal. I look forward to traveling the Lenten journey together.

With my deepest gratitude for all that you do
and all that you are, I am…

Yours in Christ

Carol +

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